What is cystic fibrosis?|
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease of the mucus glands that affects many body systems. In particular, this disorder causes progressive damage to the respiratory system and chronic digestive system problems.
Mucus is a slippery substance that lubricates and protects the linings of the airways, digestive system, reproductive system, and other organs and tissues. In people with cystic fibrosis, the body produces mucus that is abnormally thick and sticky. This abnormal mucus can obstruct the airways, leading to severe problems with breathing and bacterial infecti
How common is cystic fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a common genetic disease in the Caucasian (white) population in the United States. The disease occurs in about 1 in 3,200 Caucasian newborns. Cystic fibrosis is less common in other ethnic groups, affecting 1 in 15,000 African Americans and 1 in 31,000 Asian Americans.